I just hate seeing waste. Wasting food, productive land, talent and time are my pet bugs when it comes to waste. I heard recently that in Brisbane one in five full shopping bags of food we bring home goes to the tip. We’re really throwing away our hard-earned cash.
It’s got me thinking about the uses for old or excess ‘stuff’ like carpet that would normally be tossed out.
Wool carpet is a gem, with many garden uses. Lay it over a garden bed instead of mulch in the period between preparing the soil and planting, to prevent soil erosion. It’s also great to put over a newly-constructed no-dig bed for a fortnight while it all settles prior to planting. For a few months we had it laid over our grass, killing it before turning the spot into a new trenched compost heap then a planting bed for the grape vine.
Carpet laid over a compost heap allows air and moisture to circulate while keeping flies out. Carpet strips or tiles make a good weed-suppressing path or edge for your vegie garden too. All in all, carpet is for one, too good to waste.